Lexus has revealed the LC Structural Blue Edition which boast a new hi-tech paint process which reflects and refracts almost 100 per cent of light.
It’s hard to get too excited about paint jobs on cars, but perhaps we should make an exception for the immensely impressive paint job Lexus has delivered with the new LC Structural Blue Edition?
Lexus say the Structural Blue colour is far, far more than just another colour option on the LC’s option list, but is the result of 15 years of research to develop a new ground-breaking paint technology.
First seen – in pre-production guise – at the Geneva Motor Show, it’s now been developed for production, although it’s a pretty labourious process and means Lexus can only paint two cars a day in the special colour.
Drawing inspiration from the American Morpho butterfly’s wings, the new paint job is applied in 15-micrometre layers between the primer and clear coat using nano structures in the paint to create iridescence and the impression of a colour which changes with the light.
In total, 300g of pigment with 300 billion pigment flakes work to deliver a paint job which reflects and refracts almost 100 per cent of light (more than twice a normal metallic paint). But we’ll have to take Lexus’s word for it as none of that translates in to photos.
As well as the very special paint job, the LC Structural Blue Edition comes with 21″ alloys, carbon fibre scuff plates, with an interior boasting contrasting mid-blue semi-analine and white leather and Vivid Orange Alcantara door panels.
The Lexus LC Structural Blue Edition is now available to order, with either Lexus’s V8 or the LC 500h Hybrid.